Visiting Castle Rock

Stranger things are coming to Hulu in the form of a new “suspense/thriller” series Castle Rock, based on the fictional Maine town popularized by author Stephen King in such works as Cujo, Needful Things and The Shawshank Redemption.

Castle Rock teaser:

Ten episodes of Castle Rock will begin filming later this year from the same companies behind the 2016 Hulu adaptation of King’s 11.22.63 — J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (HBO’s Westworld) and Time Warner’s Warner Bros. Television.

Time Warner’s 30-year-old Castle Rock Entertainment, however, isn’t involved with Castle Rock. Co-founder Rob Reiner named that production company after King’s town, and it subsequently helmed such King adaptations as Needful Things (1993) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994).

You can stream Needful Things for $2.99 SD/$3.99 HD from iTunes, or The Shawshank Redemption for the same prices from several sources.

Needful Things trailer:

Netflix subscribers, meanwhile, can stream Cujo (1983) and, of course, the King-ish sci-fi/thriller series Stranger Things. If you don’t subscribe to Netflix, you can also watch Cujo for free on Tubi TV.

In addition to Hulu, King, Bad Robot and Warner Bros., Hulu’s new Castle Rock series boasts the talents of executive producers/writers Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason. They previously worked together on WGN America’s period thriller Manhattan – which is now streaming on Hulu.

(Note: Featured image, by John Robinson from Flickr, is shared under a Creative Commons license.)


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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